Mar 22 AT 11:44 AM Taylor Wimberly 29 Comments

Verizon to expand 4G LTE coverage to over 145 markets by year’s end

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Today Verizon Wireless announced an additional 59 markets where it plans to roll out 4G LTE coverage by the end of the year. Their current 4G LTE network already covers most of the largest cities and reaches 110 million people, but the new medium-sized cities and smaller communities will help Verizon reach their goal of 100% 4G coverage in their current 3G footprint.

David Small, CTO for Verizon Wireless, said, “Aggressively expanding this powerful network beyond major metro areas reflects the reality that the 4G LTE ecosystem is growing quickly.”

Verizon just launched their first LTE handset, the HTC Thunderbolt, and several more are on the way including models from LG, Motorola, and Samsung. These handsets provide some of the fastest mobile broadband speeds and Verizon advertises they can deliver 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

Currently Verizon charges $29 per month for unlimited 4G LTE data, but company executives have hinted at tiered plans similar to AT&T in the future.

To see if Verizon 4G is coming to your city, check out their updated coverage map.

Additional areas to be covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network in 2011 include:

  • Decatur, Ala.
  • Huntsville, Ala.*
  • Mobile, Ala.*
  • Montgomery, Ala.*
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
  • Fort Smith, Ark.
  • Little Rock, Ark.*
  • Tucson, Ariz.
  • Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Modesto, Calif.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • Salinas-Monterey, Calif.
  • San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Stockton, Calif.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.*
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Fairfield, Conn.
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • New Haven, Conn.
  • Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Fla.*
  • Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.*
  • Pensacola, Fla.*
  • Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.*
  • Tallahassee, Fla.*
  • Augusta, Ga.*
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Honolulu, Hawaii*
  • Kahului-Wailuku, Hawaii*
  • Lahaina, Hawaii*
  • Davenport, Iowa
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Boise-Nampa, Idaho*
  • Bloomington/Normal, Ill.
  • Carbondale, Ill.*
  • Champaign, Ill.
  • Rockford, Ill.
  • Springfield, Ill.
  • Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Lafayette, Ind.
  • Wichita, Kan.*
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Baton Rouge, La.*
  • Hammond, La.*
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Worcester, Mass.
  • Hagerstown, Md.
  • Flint, Mich.*
  • Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Lansing, Mich.
  • Saginaw-Bay City, Mich.
  • Starkville, Miss.
  • Asheville-Henderson, N.C.
  • Fayetteville-Lumberton, N.C.*
  • Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, N.C.*
  • Raleigh-Durham, N.C.*
  • Wilmington, N.C.*
  • Fargo, N.D.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Las Cruces, N.M. Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Albany, N.Y.
  • Ithaca, N.Y.
  • Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Dayton-Springfield, Ohio*
  • Lima, Ohio
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tulsa, Okla.*
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, Pa.
  • Erie, Pa.*
  • Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Johnstown, Pa.
  • Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Pa.
  • State College, Pa.*
  • Charleston, S.C.*
  • Columbia, S.C.*
  • Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.*
  • Hilton Head, S.C.*
  • Sioux Falls, S.D.*
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.*
  • Clarksville, Tenn.*
  • Cleveland, Tenn.*
  • Dyersburg-Union City, Tenn.
  • Jackson, Tenn.
  • Kingsport-Johnson City, Tenn.-Bristol, Va.*
  • Knoxville, Tenn.*
  • Memphis, Tenn.*
  • Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas*
  • Bryan-College Station, Texas*
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Temple-Killeen, Texas
  • Provo-Orem, Utah*
  • Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah*
  • Olympia, Wash.*
  • Centralia, Wash.*
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Charleston, W.Va.*
  • Madison, Wis.*
  • Milwaukee, Wis.*

* Indicates a metro area previously announced in 2011

Source: Verizon

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